Combustion, fire & fire safety


In this group, the following research topics are addressed:

Numerical simulations of non-premixed turbulent combustion

  • Turbulence-chemistry interaction: transported PDF methodology
  • (Auto-)ignition and lifted flame simulations by means of LES/CMC
  • Spray combustion
  • Differential diffusion effects in combustion


  • Numerical simulation of smoke and gas movement in compartment fires in complex buildings
  • Flame spread simulations
  • Car park fire safety
  • Full scale fire tests (in the facilities of WFRGENT NV)
  • Real-time fire development prediction

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Permanent staff

  • Bart Merci (Turbulent combustion, non-linear RANS modelling, fire)


  • Tarek Beji (Prediction of fire development)
  • Georgios Maragkos (Differential diffusion in combustion simulations)
  • Ivana Stankovic (LES-CMC turbulent flame simulations)

PhD students

  • Alessandro D'Ausilio (Modeling of turbulent spray combustion)
  • Boris Kruljevic (Flame extinction and carbon monoxide emissions in compartment fires)
  • Junyi Li (Experimental and numerical study of fire dynamics in passive houses)
  • Felipe Pérez (Oscillatory fire behaviour in confined and mechanically-ventilated enclosures)
  • Jiayun Sun (Study of tunnel fire safety : the joint effect of smoke extraction and water sprays or water curtains)
  • Bart Van Weyenberge (FESG) (Development of a risk assessment methodology for quantifying the risk to people in case of fire in buildings)
  • Longxing Yu (A study on performance-based fire safety design approaches for smoke control in modern buildings)
  • Davood Zeinali (Analysis of vertical flame spread in corner configurations)


  • Xavier Deckers (Car park fire safety)

IMFSE administrators

  • Lies Decroos